Vice-President, Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Mr Kayode Akosile has urged teachers to upgrade their skills and be technology-compliant so they can compete with their peers on the world stage.

In an interview, Akosile noted that it was imperative for teachers to be computer literate in line with 21st century best practices.

He added that provision of e-learning facilities should be made compulsory in all schools and underscored the need for data-free online learning that would motivate learners.
“This pandemic has opened the eyes of the populace to a lot of things. Every teacher in the country should be computer literate. E-learning facilities should also be made available in all schools. E-learning system should be affordable to all students by way of data-free online learning,” he said.

Akosile said teaching should not be an all-comers affair, lauding the efforts of the Teacher Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) to ensure the profession is rid of unqualified teachers.

“Teaching should be fully professionalised; it should not be a dumping ground for those who are not certified. The efforts of TRCN are really commendable. Also, contemporary issues should be included in our syllabus with Science and Technology at the heart of learning. Our pupils should also be encouraged and motivated towards Science and Technology,” he noted.

Akosile urged the government to put up measures that would education accessible to all children in the country explaining that provision of necessary infrastructure and motivation of teachers remain crucial.

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